As the new year kicks off, many people are motivated to improve their health and fitness. Joining a gym, buying new workout gear, or signing up for training events like 5Ks, marathons, and triathlons are common New Year’s resolutions. However, dramatically increasing physical activity can strain joints and lead to painful injuries if the body is not properly prepared and aligned. That’s why it’s wise to schedule a visit with your chiropractor before ramping up any exercise regimen this January.
Why See a Chiropractor?
Chiropractic care prioritizes proper spinal alignment and joint mobility to optimize the body’s functionality. If vertebrae are restricted or muscles are too tight, it hampers the range of motion and adds torque to joints. These biomechanical inefficiencies raise injury risk as the intensity and duration of workouts increase. Your chiropractor will assess for subluxations, asymmetry, inflammation, and other issues that could hinder performance or cause pain when exercising. They can utilize manual spinal adjustments, instrument-assisted techniques, massage, passive stretching, and other methods to correct alignment problems and release tight musculature.
Establishing balance and stability is also key before taking on new challenges like lifting heavier weights, running faster miles, or playing competitive sports. Chiropractors can design custom treatment plans to strengthen core muscles, improve posture, and develop more symmetrical coordination. Healthier alignment and movement patterns give you a stronger, more resilient foundation to achieve your fitness goals without hurting yourself.
What Areas of the Body Are Most Vulnerable?
As people ramp up their workouts, some of the most common areas of pain and injury include:
- Lower Back - Deadlifts, kettlebell swings, burpees, and other exercises strain erector spinae and surrounding tissues.
- Knees - Running long distances with poor tracking or imbalance wears down cartilage and inflames tendons.
- Shoulders - Overhead presses, pull-ups, and boxing can impinge the rotator cuff without proper mobility.
- Plantar Fascia - High-impact activity like running can overly tighten and tear the plantar fascia tissue on the bottom of the foot.
Getting adjusted before training programs commence can help identify risk factors and prevent issues in these vulnerable areas. Spending 15-30 minutes with a chiropractor can save you weeks or months of painful rehabilitation down the line!
Take Control of Your Fitness in 2024!
No matter what kind of physical activities you have planned for the year ahead, schedule an appointment with your local chiropractor first. They can pinpoint any areas of dysfunction, optimize your baseline condition, and provide personalized advice for ramping up injury-free. A strategic chiropractic check-up now clears the way for you to safely push your limits toward a healthier, more active 2024!
Get Adjusted Before Hitting Your Fitness Goals This Year at Auburn Chiropractic Associates
Our experienced chiropractors at Auburn Chiropractic Associates specialize in keeping our community resilient, mobile, and performing at their best without pain. We offer complete chiropractic exams to identify areas of misalignment or compensation that could lead to injury when working out. Let us help you start fresh in 2024 with a body that's ready for the physical challenges ahead! Contact us to schedule your pre-fitness assessment today!